Nan Gua Zi - Pumpkin Seeds

TCM Materia Medica

Nan Gua Zi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "nan gua zi" which in english is "pumpkin seeds", is categorized within the "herbs that expel parasites" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine and stomach channels and exhibits neutral (ping) and sweet (gan) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 30-60g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Expels parasites, alleviates pain - tapeworms, roundworms, schistosomiasis.
  • Benefits post partum fluid metabolism - post partum hand and feet swelling, aids in lactation.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding nan gua zi:

Also Used For:
Orally used for dysuria secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), bladder irritation, treating intestinal worms, and treating pyelonephritis.  In combination, pumpkin is used in an herbal combination to treat symptoms of BPH.

As noted above, nan gua zi is within the herbs that expel parasites functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... herbs in this category are used to remove a variety of parasites and associated symptoms. roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms para-umbilical …)".

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